I love Italian food. I would say it's safe to say I fix pasta at least three times a week. I also use a lot of olive oil — whether it's with spices and seasonings served for dipping with a good crusty bread, mixed with a balsamic or red wine vinegar for a vinaigrette dressing, used in pasta dishes or to lightly saute vegetables or seafood — olive oil is a staple in our home.
I've not had the good fortune of visiting Italy, yet.. but today, I think I tasted a little bit of Italy. I had the opportunity to try Carapelli Extra Virgin Olive Oil. What a treat!
With its headquarters right outside the beautiful city of Florence, Carapelli Olive Oil has been making olive oil since 1893. And reigns as Italy’s No. 1 Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Carapelli Extra Virgin Olive Oils includes three varieties:
Premium 100% Italian – made solely from the first cold pressing of the finest 100% Italian olives
with an intense, robust flavor and aroma
Il Numerato – a supremely smooth and low acidity oil that is a result of a delicate cold pressing
Organic – Obtained only from organically grown olives and produced according to organic farming
standards; certified USDA organic
As part of my taste test, I was to do the "Four S's" (Swirl, Sniff, Slurp, and Swallow):
1. Swirl – By swirling the olive oil in your glass, you release the oil’s esters, which are the molecules that
contain the aroma.
2. Sniff – Now inhale deeply. The aroma is the key to the fruitiness of the oil. You should ask yourself is s it intense or is it more subtle?
3. Slurp – Sip the oil while “sipping” in a bit of air. This slurping action will emulsify the oil and help spread it
throughout your mouth. You can take note of the various tastes and sensations. Is it fruity, peppery, smooth?
4. Swallow – Once you swallow the oil, it should leave your mouth with no aftertaste. Again, take note of
any peppery or stinging sensation in your throat.
My results – The aroma was subtle, which I liked. I've never been fond of strong smelling olive oils. There was absolutely no aftertaste at all, and I found it to have a smooth, light peppery taste. My husband thought it had a more fruity aroma and taste.
The one thing we both agreed on was that Carapelli Olive Oil is our new favorite olive oil. If you'd like to try the "Four S's" and experience the greatness of Carapelli Olive Oil for yourself, here's a $1.00 OFF coupon at www.CarapelliUSA.com so you can buy a bottle for yourself!